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Did I make a major mistake on my garage shelves?

I built garage shelves using Grip Rite construction screws (photo of box below). Only afterwards did I notice the statement about "non-structural" use. Did I make a major mistake? Should I get some ...
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Correct orientation for t-shaped shelf bracket to minimize stress on anchor bolts

I have a t-shaped shelf bracket that looks like this: | <- screw hole here | <shelf> |----------- <wall>| | | | <- screw hole here This is a ...
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What length toggle bolt to use?

I'm looking to install some floating shelves (I originally wrote "cabinets", sorry) in my apartment and want to put some moderately heavy things on them (likely under 100 pounds over a 48 inch long ...
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Is it safe to use drywall anchors for a heavy bookshelf between two studs?

I want to put a bookshelf (heavy load) in a small alcove where I have access to threw studs, two 11" apart (left side) and the other two 28" apart (right side). I would like to mount standards to ...
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How do I get this shelf off my wall, no screws showing

This wall rack does not have any screws showing in the i Any ideas of how to get it off the wall? Thanks
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How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I've been given the Christmas task of setting up an HO model train and rails around a child's room, so I researched a bit and found a shelf train would be the thing. So I go to measure the room in ...
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How can I anchor to a 1" thick hollow wall with a very shallow cavity?

I just moved into a pre-war apartment in the Upper West Side, New York. I'm trying to install some wall shelves. I don't know anything about the construction of this building, so I'm learning about ...
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Should I move these shelf supports?

I have just installed these cool black iron pipe for shelf brackets on an office wall. The wall is 3/4” pine 7.5” wide. Each pipe is attached with 4 #10 screws 1.25 long. Each board is attached to ...
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Is “unstructural plywood” suitable for shelving carrying a microwave oven?

I want to put up a shelf for a microwave, which I guess weighs around 10 kg. In the UK plywood is marketed as either "structural" or "unstructural". Is "unstructural" a good choice for this ...
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How to mount a floating shelf on ridged ceramic tile

My bathroom is tiled with an extremely ridged ceramic tile and I would like to mount a floating shelf on the wall. Since the tile is ridged, the tiler is reluctant to drill holes in it for fear of ...
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Hanging heavy things on old walls. Running out of options. What would you do

Just moved in to an old victorian home and the wife wants shelves in the mud room. Now I know what you are thinking "Shelves?! Seriously?!", Just hear me out. These are 6 foot shelves with 4 steel ...
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Castors for under stairs storage unit

I'm going to make a slide-out trolley/shelving unit to go under my stairs. This will be made to fit fairly snugly into the area to maximise usable storage space (I'm planning to make it 1-2 cm ...
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Very long Plywood shelves

We are planning to make very long shelves from high quality Plywood and I'm trying to understand support distances / sag. The shelves will be 2400mm x 261mm. The Plywood is 30mm thick premium Birch. ...
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Do 90 degree shelf pins need to sit flush with wood?

We had the same kind of shelf collapse as seen here, with less drastic consequences. I went and found some nice 90-degree pins at the store, but noticed a small problem when installing. The pins on ...
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How should I mount a 10 ft 2x6 as a wall shelf?

My living room has a wall with a 10-foot-wide alcove, which has a set of windows that share a Craftsman-kinda window trim with a 2x3 capitol - maybe not the correct term, but see picture. I have a ...
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Garage shelf supports splitting and need to be supported. What is best?

The shelves in my garage have some cracks in the wood on two fo the horizontal supports. They haven't grown much, but the cracks are growing slowly. I would like to fix the issue without taking all of ...
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What anchors to use on walls with rigid foam insulation behind the wallboard?

My builder installed insulation board over the existing solid brick walls in our new kitchen. I need to install anchors for string shelf supports but haven't had any luck finding the right ones. I've ...
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Can anyone tell me what type of woodworm this is, and what to use to kill it?

There's a video here of a woodworm beetle poking it's head out of a hole, that i filmed on my phone with a little macro lens. I'd already treated the wood with this water-based woodworm killer, and ...
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What screws should I use for my floating Ikea bookshelf?

I recently purchased a floating bookshelf from Ikea. The following links are to the bookshelf and to the assembly directions of the bookshelf. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40103751/ ...
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Closet system to be installed - boards in the way

I am new to DIY/home improvement, and I want to update my closet. There is a 2x4 going across the width of the back wall. It doesn't seem essential. Do builders usually add support beams across the ...
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Mounting a shelf into concrete, with two non-identical anchors (brackets)

I have a wall shelf that I'd like to mount into a concrete wall. Unfortunately, due to a mistake I ended up with two different anchors (not sure what the term is - I think it's anchor, bracket, or ...
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Can I Remove One Side of Wall for Shelves

Our bathroom is a bit small and I want to take advantage of all the space I can for making shelves. I would like to remove the drywall on the bathroom side of an interior wall between 2 studs and use ...
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Am I allowed to put a wall standard within 18" of a fire sprinkler?

From my understanding, in San Francisco, CA, there is a code requirement that you cannot obstruct an area within 18 inches of a fire sprinkler. What is meant by obstruction? Say, you installed one of ...
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How can you cut a solid bamboo wood plank?

I want to buy SVALNÄS shelves from Ikea but the widths don't perfectly align with the space. It says these shelves are made of solid bamboo. I've never worked with this material before and was ...
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Installing shelf over block construction walls, plus more

I'm in Florida. Exterior walls are concrete block, then rigid foam insulation with randomly located wood furring strips, then a double layer wall covering (sheetrock covered by a layer of concrete ...
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Can I reuse mounting holes into a stud for a shelf?

I'm painting and I have to take a big shelf off the wall. The shelf is screwed into the studs because of it's size. The wall is drywall. Will I be able to use the same holes as before and keep the ...
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How to anchor coat hooks and shelving in a rock-lath & plaster wall?

I've purchased an older home from an era when they used rock lath and plaster for the walls. I had never heard of this kind of construction, though I've done plenty of electrical wiring in older homes ...
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Identification of parts needed for bar shelf replication [closed]

At a local bar, they have an impressive display of industrial-looking shelves for displaying all of the booze, as shown below. I'm looking to figure out what kinds of parts/materials I would need to ...
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Floating shelf bracket using shorter metal prongs

I routed out 25cm long grooves in the center of the thickness of my floating ply shelves (3.4cm thickness). I have metal jumbo bolts of 12mm thickness and 25cm length that worked very well (the ...
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How do i measure the shape of an irregular curved wall?

I want to make a shelf which fits exactly. However the wall isn't straight, it's curved. How do I measure the shape so i can draw it and cut it on the wood for the shelf?
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How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

So I got "creative" with these shelves I installed. Looking for ideas to keep these nuts from loosening. I considered just gluing them in but that would make it annoying in future if adjustments are ...
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Is it safe to add shelving to truss members in my attic?

I have a (I believe it's called) "W" frame loft: (sorry about the quality of the pictures - maybe I should ask in the photography Stack Exchange how to take such pictures) There are no floorboards, ...
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How to hang a shelf in an invisible manner?

I recently decided to start building my own furniture whenever I could. To start small, I decided to go with a design’ish shelf that right now looks like that: I’d obviously like to hang it on the ...
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How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

I have some shelving in my closet and it's screwed into the wall with fasteners that look like this (see image). It's a smooth circle and doesn't have any type of hole of slot on top. Is this a screw? ...
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Protecting floor from heavy furniture

I am looking to set up a metal shelving unit in a room that has laminate flooring. The shelving unit weighs around 150 pounds with a 2' by 8' footprint. I estimate around 300 lbs of added weight on ...
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Name of this shelf support with plastic head and two nails

This shelf support is a rectangular plastic head on two unequal nails. What's the name of this thing at the producers? Or the name that can be used on Google to find this thing. The size of the head ...
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Name of this shelf support screw with plastic head

This shelf support is a screw with a semi-circular plastic head. Does it have a name? A name that can be used on Google to find this thing. Or the name given by those who produce it. Additional info: ...
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What distance apart should Elfa vertical wall brackets be?

I would like to install an Elfa system in a storage room under the stairs, but cannot find out what distance apart the vertical wall brackets should be placed at. I checked the website but could not ...
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Attaching a switch to wire shelving

What's the best way to go about attaching an AV switch to the top of a wire shelf? I guess zip ties are one option, but are there any better options (e.g. metal brackets that attach to the wires)?
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Can Closetmaid wall clips be reinstalled after painting? [closed]

I have Closetmaid wire shelving in my laundry room. I want to remove these so I can paint the walls. Can I re-use the clips to re-install the shelves once I finish painting? Thanks for any help!
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What paint will work best with cardboard shelving?

I have created some bookshelves from corrugated cardboard. These are very strong, but they still do flex a bit. I did some tests using Rust-Oleum brand spray paint. Because the cardboard is flexible, ...
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Are 2x2s, 1x4s, or 1x2s sufficient for the support structure of a garage shelving unit?

I would like to build several shelving units in our garage. Each unit will be 36" deep, 88" high, and 60" wide. Each unit will have four shelves, and each shelf will be divided into two cubbies each ...
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Screws stuck inside of Anchors, with shelving unit in between.

I drilled the anchors into the wall and used the screws they came with. The screws wouldn't drill all the way in to lay flat against the shelf, so I tried removing the screws from the anchors and the ...
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Where are the wall studs?

I'd like to put upright brackets above my sewing table, but I can't seem to locate the studs. The wall is shared with my neighbor in an apartment building. My stud finder was giving me some ...
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What is the ideal method of supporting a 27" deep floating desk across 10 feet of wall?

I'm building a floating U shaped desk in my office that will go from wall to wall. This desk will need to support the monitors and accessories of two desktop computers. The towers will be on shelves ...
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Reinforcing a high load wooden corner shelf

I would like to build a shelf capable of holding a maximum load of cca. 60Kg. The image show the placement of the shelf. Below is a conceptual drawing with the dimensions. The image shows the ...
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attach crossbar for ceiling suspended shelves using strong Simpson ties

While constructing a ceiling suspended shelves in garage I was facing problems with attaching crossbar to ceiling joist I just couldn't get lag through 2x4 into middle of joist it was always off and I ...
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Hanging Shelf With 79lb Drywall Anchor

I have a shelf I want to hang up for my son to put up his gaming console and other expensive items. The studs in my wall don't line up with the shelves mounts. I have some drywall anchors left over ...
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Should I fasten brackets to the wall or desktop first?

I have a 20"x60"x3/4" piece of knotty pine with three coats of lacquer. I have two big support brackets. This will be a minimalist desk, should I mount the brackets to the sheet then mount the ...
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Can I suspend garage storage from the ceiling alone?

I am planning to build garage overhead storage using 2x4 similar to this. My questions are: Do they need to have one side support from side wall or can I have them both side attached to ceiling ...